Aayush Goel is a sophomore at Fremont Union High School District in Cupertino, CA. Aayush raised $3700 (after a 100% corporate match) for his school's students fund within three days of his school closing due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Aayush initiated the idea for Apart But Not Alone to ensure psychological safety and mental wellbeing for fellow students. Aayush has been practicing mindfulness since 6th grade, which has taught him how to channel his inner strength to fight unknown fears related to high school grades, road to college, and finding his own pace.
Riyana Goel is a 7th grader from Cupertino, CA. Riyana started a campaign #beautifulthewayiam in 4th grade for kids dealing with Alopecia Areata and has been an active voice for them. Riyana has practiced mindfulness for three years and has attended several overnight Vipassana camps. Riyana uses mindfulness techniques to especially deal with social dynamics in middle school and "dim out the lights" when she is competing in debate tournaments. Riyana's passion to help others and champion her peers is an invaluable asset for Apart But Not Alone.
Monica Kamran is a mindfulness & stress management coach, Emotion Code practitioner, and a Reiki healer in San Ramon, CA. Her experience includes working with teens and children with a focus on depression, anxiety, & insomnia. Her workshops have benefitted many on their spiritual journey and others dealing with everyday stress. She is actively involved in serving the community by volunteering for Scouts, SEWA, and The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse. She truly believes that each individual has the ability to tap into their inner guidance for the highest good. She has also launched a program specializing in working with children with special needs using Holistic Healing and Assistive Technology.
Golden Fingers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2017. The foundation benefits Parkinson's patients, has raised money to support meal services for families affected due to COVID-19, and provides a platform to build mental wellbeing among teens and young adults through its Apart But Not Alone initiative.